Wobbly Dress - Caroline Broadhead

Wobbly Dress, Caroline Broadhead, 1997. Installation image, Three By One, Crafts Study Centre, 2009. Image © Edward Park

Object Details

Date of making
Date of acquisition
Textiles: hand-stitching
Nylon fabric, nylon thread
H1030mm x W1130mm
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Maker Details

Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Place Trained
Central School of Art and Design, London, Diploma Jewellery Design, 1969-1972; Leicester College of Art, Leicester, Foundation Year, 1968-1969
Course Director BA (Hons) Jewellery, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, England
Winner, Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Textiles,1997; Crafts Council Setting Up Grant, 1973
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Wobbly Dress conforms to the artistic norm of lacking function. The dress gives the impression that it may once have been worn but this is an un-truth. It is made from nylon panels, stitched in curving seams so that the dress distorts as it is sewn.

For over 25 years Caroline Broadhead has developed a practice situated between fine and applied arts. Originally a jewellery designer, Broadhead works on a larger, more conceptual scale, with textiles, light and space. Although her work is mainly driven by ideas, the act of making and using materials remains an integral part of her process. The Crafts Council Collection charts Broadhead’s development, with jewellery objects collected in the 70s and 80s and textile works in the 90s.

Most recently, Wobbly Dress was selected by Alison Britton for the 2009 exhibition ‘Three by One’, showcasing works from the Crafts Council, The Crafts Study Centre and the British Council collections.

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Caroline Broadhead

“I wanted to make a dress that did not refer to a specific fashion, style or period, but a generic one that referred to the way you might feel about dresses. A dress has a strong potential for dressing up, it allows a possibility for transformation, disguise, and pretence and it is this tension between inner and outer selves that I wanted to explore in Wobbly Dress. Its surface is unruly and unstable and its silhouette ambivalent.”

Caroline Broadhead

Caroline Broadhead, Maker. Course Director BA (Hons) Jewellery, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.


From the Archive

Essay from 'Three by One' catalogue for the 2009 Crafts Council/Crafts Study Centre partnership exhibition, for which ceramist Alison Britton selected works from three public craft collections.

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